Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter

Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter

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Jocelyn and I work together. Since we work with animals, all I see her in is surgical scrubs. I knew four things before we began:
  1. I have never seen her in a colour of scrubs that she does not dominate, with the exception of dark charcoal.
  2. Black and cool colours clear her skin of heavy or dull reflectivity.
  3. She can wear light colours as well as dark.
  4. There is great contrast (very light lights and very dark darks) in her colouring.


I try to let the drapes guide the Personal Colour Analysis (PCA), and avoid all foregone conclusions. When I see someone every day, and the effects are this dramatic, I cannot help but have suspicions. What did I suspect?
  1. Her best colours include lights, mediums, and darks, as in every Season. For the Bright Seasons, they are pure in their colour pigmentation, with no visible softening with gray.
  2. There is great potential for clarity in her skin. Softly greyed colours (pastels) give the skin an allover-grey undertone. Winter and Spring have clear colours that would be more flattering to her colours and features.
  3. Dark Autumn and Dark Winter have some light colours, though the person often looks better in darker colours. Joce looks fresh and beautiful in the right light colour.
  4. We are probably looking for a Season of contrast, namely a Winter of some sort.
The expression clearing the skin may have various interpretations, all of which are correct and related to context. For me, it means the clearing away of a thick or foggy blanket over the skin, like wiping fog off a windshield, to uncover fresh skin that can breathe, with no layers over it.

For Summer colouring, the most beautiful skin is revealed in softly grayed colours. Winter’s colours look frozen or severe next to all complexions except Winter.

Joce has a strong natural flush in her cheeks. Is ruddiness a sign of Autumn? No, like freckles, it occurs in Autumns, Winters, Springs, and Summers. Not useful information. Ignore it. On Joce, the redness in the cheeks blends back softly into her complexion only in Bright Winter colour intensity.

The boobytrap of matching brown eyes to brown (Autumn) drapes is waiting in ambush here. Yes, there was a connection between the two. Skin always takes precedence and Autumn colours are easily her worst shades.

All too easy to put brown eyeshadow on these eyes. Most shades of brown did not help this skin. Why then paint them on her face? True to her personal colour palette, her cosmetic colour was a blackened brown liner, and it meshed perfectly with her face. On a blue-eyed person, we would have used charcoal or deep sapphire.

She has neither dark hair or the obvious clear eye we hear about. Of course, her eyes are very clear, a harder call by mere observation in dark brown eyes. Her hair is medium brown, with no orange tones, and very few yellow (she is growing out some yellow dye at the moment).



As a Bright Winter, Jocelyn is primarily a Winter person, but she has a trace of Spring. When you combine the 2 Seasons of highest colour saturation, the colour pigment is pure, which may look too energized on other types of colouring, a distraction from the person. On a Bright Season, the colour simply looks normal.

Cosmetic preferences

I have been asked why she is wearing so much makeup in the pictures. Here are a few reasons:
  1. I was taking photos as well as video and have learned that too little makeup is invisible in photos.
  2. To see your makeup colours, as your eye starts to learn this, I apply the makeup colours pretty heavily and I blend very little so the colour is visible. I want you to see that correct makeup can be an extension of your own colours and how it can dramatically heighten the magic in your natural colouring.
  3. Bright Winter is a Season of glamour. Just as they can carry unbelievably shocking colour intensity, so can they wear striking makeup.
  4. Jocelyn is young. For any young Winter, the makeup that balances and empowers a woman of 50 can be too vibrant at 20. The same colours in transparent applications look more beautiful and age-appropriate.


Every woman chooses her makeup look based on her level of comfort with colour on the face, desired application (sheer, shiny, opaque, matte, etc.), the time of day and clothing, and so on.

During your PCA, I would like to stretch your preconceived limits of what is possible and begin replacing the old pictures of yourself that you may carry with you.

 

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32 Thoughts on Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter

  • Zandra

    Regal fairy-tale material, this woman looks like Queen of good graces. I’m in awe.

  • Trish

    Thanks for this article, i really enjoyed it.

    I always had a suspicion that I was Bright Winter and a recent PCA confirmed it. I love my colouring (typical Snow white) and the fact that i can wear bright colours withiout looking overdone.

    • Christine Scaman

      In fact, Trish, you have to wear bright colours for the colours to find one another and disappear into your skin. 🙂

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  • Denise

    Christine,

    Thanks for the article (and video no less!) about bright winters. I loved reading it and seeing the video. As a bright winter (sci/art analyzed) myself, I found it fascinating. As you’ve often said eyes and hair are irrelevant – skin perfection matters. I look nothing like Jocelyn on the surface (dark brown-black hair, green eyes with both blue green and yellow green tones in them). But my skin reacts just like hers to the colors – ashy grey with summer colors, warm tones look good with eyes and hair but do terrible things to my skin – I get an unhealthy yellow or blotchy look. My eyes also look big and dramatic when I’m wearing the right colors, even without mascara. Interesting to find so many similarities even though surface coloring is different.

    I love the bright winter palette. Going for all-out-glamour is quite a stretch for me however, as I’ve mostly dressed in summer tones in the past. My consultant told me that bright winters really need color so I’m experimenting. And I’m having fun with it!

    (Even the silver in my hair looks glamorous, and make up is much easier than it’s ever been.) This is truly an amazing process.

    Thanks for your work with color,

    Denise

    • Christine Scaman

      It is remarkable, Denise, how it transforms you. Colour Analysis can be just about looking better and knowing what to buy, but it is such a self-discovery – and it does take time to adjust. Your perception of yourself is a huge part of your identity, and this changes it from the outside in. But it feels really right when it starts to gel!

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  • Denise

    Hi Christine,
    I’ve got two questions. I love Jocelyn’s makeup look. What eye shadow is she wearing?

    Something else I’m curious about – I’ve been shopping with my bright winter palette and there are clothes that are brighter and more intense (maybe darker). Who would wear them? True winters, or true or bright springs?

    Thanks,

    Denise

    • Christine Scaman

      The eyeshadow, in fact all the makeup, I use is not always a single product or one available at the retail counters. This is from a beauty supplier, but really it’s simply charcoal gray and icy grey. The icy is on the lower lid, the charcoal is above the crease. The liner is Clinique Quickliner in BlackBrown.

      I’d have to see the clothing to know who would wear it. I appreciate your confusion though, since Bright Winter should be the most saturated colour out there. It sounds like you’re describing snowboarding-type clothes, almost neon, which is probably Bright Winter or Bright Spring. True Winter may be darker but less saturated.

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  • Minnie

    Oh my! Looking Jocelyn was just like I was looking in the mirror! Nice to see that someone else has also as intensive dark eyes and medium brown hair as I do, because in Finland it seems to be quite rare. I’ve had problems in finding matching colours and this really helped me a lot!

    • Christine Scaman

      Among the many, many misconceptions about Season, one is that Winter has dark hair. There is more variation in Winter hair color than any other. In the article Emily Is A True Winter, you’ll see someone with less intense darkness in the hair as well. Like Joce, the eyes are dramatic when they wear the right colours.

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  • Ashley

    What cheek and lip color is she wearing?

    • Christine Scaman

      They’re not colours that are in stores. Until I find the perfect one, I mix them myself. Bright Winter is a tough Season for makeup – at least back then it was. Joce was my first Bright Winter and I didn’t have a selection. I find it hard to shop for a Season till I’ve seen the skin and the reactions to color.

  • Ashley

    Ooh, OK. Thanks. 🙂

  • Claudia

    Dear Christine
    I m wondering, that you are a dark Winter not un autumn, but you are looking wonderful.
    What are the differences?

  • Christine

    Hi, Claudia,

    Right, I’m a Dark Winter. So a Winter person, but incorporating a trace of Autumn, which warms and dulls the colours just a trace.

    In http://www.agreenertea.com/the-reveal-photos/ , you can see what I used to look like, and the progressive changes.

    In http://www.agreenertea.com/makeup-palette-adjustment/ , you can see the makeup I used to wear and what I wear now.

    It seems so subtle, but it makes a world of difference in the crispness of the outlines of the face, giving an appearance of weight loss.

  • Nora

    Hi there!

    I am analysed as a winter type. I am really at the beginning of my progress and at that moment still a little unsure about my new colours… especially because all I knew so far was that winters have dark hair and so on…
    I would say that I have “mousy” warm hair, also my eyes aren’t really cool, but dark. My coulour analisist recomended to me to go back to blonde…

    what would you recommend for a bright winter?

    thanks!
    I am from germany by the way so please excuse my bad english.

    • Christine Scaman

      Hi, Nora,

      Though I freely admit that hair colour recommendations have to be done person-by-person, I will say that I have never seen any of the 3 Winters look better as blondes. The dark force of the Season falls apart, and all those beige tones just look mushy, not sharp. Winter is always sharp.
      Mousy may be a descriptor for any of the Winters, most commonly Bright. It is a glassy, shiny, almost ashy colour (which is why they get confused with True Summers).
      Lauren at http://www.colormycloset.com is a Bright Winter who lightens the tips of the hair and looks good. She is the only one I know. The Bright coloring is a very delicate balance, think twice before you mess with it.
      Do you have a Facebook page? The ladies in the Fan Club often post photos and know they will get honest opinions and suggestions (not from me, but the members know A LOT about colour and have beautiful taste).

  • Nora

    Thank you for answering!
    I just was really happy when I found out that there’s something like a BRIGHT winter type, but somehow it doesn’t seem to be a common thing here in Germany…maybe I’ll find someone.

    Greetings, Nora

  • Hannah

    Hi Christine!

    I was wondering for those like myself who are dominately clear and debating between whether we are bright winter or bright spring, are there any specific colors and or distinctions that can tell us one way or another? I know I have some warmth in my skin what with the teal veins and pink flush. I’ve tried the metallic royal blue drape that only bright winters are supposed to get away with and it looks great except it seems to shadow my chin and jawline somewhat. The orange for bright spring on the other hand makes me feel sick and magnifies the red blotchiness in my cheeks. I have taken such an interest in color analysis but I’m at a loss here. Also can having a slight leftover tan affect which of the two seasons one is at the moment?

    • Christine Scaman

      Hannah,
      A slight tan should not be an issue, as long as you know what to ignore. Bright and True Winter are close, but Bright has more tolerance for yellows. I don’t have a verbal way to distinguish two colours that will pull these apart. Neighboring Seasons are very hard to tell apart without specifically coloured drapes.

  • ninjagurl

    thanks for the tips of color analysis its really helpful but to be sure maybe you could take a guess what I am? I have very fair skin its porclelain with peach my cheeks have peach but I’m not sure if its peach or pink. My eyes are green with a clear orange stars around my pupil there is a dark green ring around my iris near the whites I have some dark eye freckles three in one eye two in the other. Its hard to say what kind of green my eye is its not olive or dark its not very yellow green, but my eyes seem vibrant and sparkley. The whites of my eyes are contrasting to the actual iris and my eye lashes are dark. My lips are contrasting they are rosy pink can look like lipcolor. My haircolor is medium-dark chestnut brown with some auburn highlights. I have some beauty marks in my body but not many. Peach blush that is really orange seems a bit to strong but light peach won’t show. I can’t wear light peach in clothing because its to blended. I seem to look better with more contrast in clothing wearing a all light outfit doesn’t look right. I know light haircolors and to coppery haircolors look bad. Well I tried to give as much information as possible. Thanks!

    • Christine Scaman

      Hi, ninjagurl,

      Your description sounds like a Spring of some sort, maybe a Winter blend, but that leaves us with 5 or 6 possibilities, and you still might be none of them. I can’t do Season from photos, let alone verbal descriptions, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help. You’re very observant about noticing colour though. You’d find the draping amazing. If ever you’d like someone to work out your natural colouring online, there are sources at the end of the directory list (linked in the upper crossbars).

  • ninjagurl

    Thank you very much I agree that spring or winter seem to be the ones that could fit best. Muted autumn colors are not as good as clear ones. Colors I know look bad are light peach light salmon pumpkin mustard sage dusty blue dusty purple dusty pink nude pink rose beige/cocoa and certain beiges and browns.

  • ninjagurl

    I think I am a season that can handle a lot of color brights and darks look right rather then to much.

  • Kate

    I think that I’m bright winter. I have very pale , beige skin and freckles. My eyes are clear brown colour and my hair – medium brown. Last time I heard that I’m warm autumn or deep autumn. Because my colours are not finally cold. Now..I don’t know. ( I’m sorry, my english isn’t perfect).

  • Kate

    I think that photos are lying, often, but What are you thinking about this photo

    natural hair, natural skin, that was a sunny day, when I’m “neon” pale.

    • Christine Scaman

      I guess it crosses my mind that the person balances that particular red which seems like a Winter red to the extent that any photo can show a colour accurately. Whether there is heat or what sort, absolutely no idea, Kate. It would have to be tested.

  • Kate

    I’m sorry, I’m think too, but In my country is popular testing photos, … And I wanted to make sure, that internet analysis is impossible… I trying to do analysis and I am new in this, …

  • Sandy

    I’m glad I found your site. I was looking at your videos and it occurred to me that there is this “sixth sense” one has to develop about colors and the affect on the face. For me that sixth sense arrived when I found the right lipstick.

    I have been draped many times as a winter bright( 85%) and animated about 10% with some richness 5 %. All these percentages didn’t make sense to me, but your videos about the sense of what colors do to your bone structure, eyes and quality of appearance made sense.

    Black, grey and white are my favorite colors. But something was off when I wore them. After watching your videos, something told me to put some black eyeshadow on my mouth before adding my apple/berry colored lipstick. Just like that: POW! My face and bone structure looked just right. Everything fit.

    I tried on my colored garments and the darker shade of lipstick worked with the colors and made my face look radiant and put together. Even, my teeth looked brighter too, as before they appeared more “yellowish.” My facial shape appears more defined.

    For so long I thought because my lips were flat and small that I couldn’t wear a darker red or berry lipstick. But it worked. This reinforces to me that it’s better to look at your colors, including lipstick, and see what it does to the whole face and features as well. Even my eyes are more pronounced.

    I guess my coloring leans more toward the side of being a darker winter than I was actually draped. Or maybe just the change in shade of lipstick made all the difference.

    So I just want to thank you for all your wisdom. I would love to hear anymore you have to say on this.

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